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May 1, 2012 4:00pm PDT
are trying to bring that tradition tolt united states, which is something they've been doing for the past several years. this is san antonio park in oakland. the first place was frank ogowa plaza. police officers had to try to contain tain them this, is the video of what happened earlier, after they blocked 14th street the police officers formed a line and pushed them back and at one point throwing a flash bang grenade. the police officers then boxed proestors in and after that the pro testors marched down here. they're now gathering in preparation for what may be another march at frank ogowa plaz yachl they have a permit to protest z right now they're gathering in preparation for hearing speeches and getting you know, rallying troops before they march back there to the area in front of oakland city hall. >> how is the crowd out there? looks like we've seen someone perhaps spit on the camera lens? >> yes. there is someone dumping spit on the camera lens and someone poured beer on my head just a moment ago. the crowd is agitated as what they'd refer to as the establishment. and they genera
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May 3, 2012 4:00pm PDT
in the united states we're live now with more on the documents and the new threat revealed today. >> good afternoon. the government released these documents to show the state of al qaeda and remind americans about continued threat the terror group pose buzz reminds americans about the biggest accomplishment of the obama national security team. newly released documents recovered from osama bin laden's pakistan compound show a frustrated terror leader worried about the future of al qaeda. in analysis shows he was angry and seemingly inability to control the group's regional affiliates especially one whusz attacks often claim lives of muslim autos necessity to be isolated to stay alive made him to a certain extent irrelevant vent as far as day-to-day operations and what al qaeda in yemen might be contemplate oogt white house says this provides a window into the state of al qaeda. >> the organization was under a great deal of stress and had been diminished but remained and remains a threat. >> the document release comes as a new threat emerges, fire bombs. and that could al qaeda's online mag
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May 27, 2012 4:00pm PDT
in the effort to try to re-establish a relationship between the united states and pakistan. >> secretary panetta, can we call pakistan an ally when they do something like this, when they sentence a doctor who helped the united states find bin laden who has killed more muslims than i can count? how can we call them an ally when they sentence this guy to prison? >> well, jake, this has been one of the most complicated relationships that we have had, working with pakistan.tinue tooo work at it. it is important. this is a country that has -- that has nuclear weapons. this is a country that still is critical in that region of the world. it's an up and down relationship. there have been periods where we have had good cooperation and they have worked with us and there have been periods where we have had conflict. but they're dealing with the terrorist threat just like we are, so our responsibility here is to keep pushing them to understand how important it is for them to work with us, to try to deal with the common threats that we both face and what they did with this doctor, doesn't help in the effort
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May 14, 2012 11:00pm PDT
. >> and today it's actually the single most popular cosmetic treatment in the united states. >>reporter: botox uses toxin to disable nerves and muscles besides relaxing wrinkle also used to treat conditions ranging from pain to chronic muscle spasms even extreme sweating. now bay area company believes it has new device that can accomplish what botox can do but without the toxin. >> this is the hand piece that is reusable. >>reporter: he's vice president of research at redwood city mio science. company has developed a system to freeze nerves. >> i'll place these meelingtss into this gelatin this simulates soft tissue. >>reporter: he says the needle don't actually inject anything into a patient body. instead filled with a pressure refrig rant that super cool them in. about 3 or 4 seconds at 45 it will start cooling and you can see the needles are beginning to form ice ball. >>reporter: he says that ice ball visible in the test material freezes the nerve without harming the skin or surrounding tissue. clint is the company ceo. >> we are not killing a nerve. it's a fancy way of saying we use
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May 4, 2012 4:00pm PDT
united states and china. and abc news has the story from new york. it's the latest twist and the chinese foreign ministry agreed it will allow the activist to apply fr a permit to study abroad. what the dissident wished for in his change of heart after hearing his family was being threatened. secretary of state hillary clinton addressed the situation for the first time since arriving in china for an economic summit. >> we're also encourage by official statement issued today by the chinese government confirming that he can apply to travel abroad. >> the chinese appeared to be easing their restrictions on chen. a stark difference from earlier images of officials shoving reporter as way from the hospital room. >> and there is staff and doctor was a chance to meet with him. and confirms he and his family now want to go to the united states so he can persue his studies. >> but this deal isn't welcomed by everyone. amnesty international called it an empty promise quote us us and other governments must demand the retaliation against chen's wider family and network stops now. there are a few thi
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May 6, 2012 8:00am PDT
of there and to the united states. that's, i think, what we ought to all focus on. but i also think it's important to recognize that people who helped him are being rounded up and detained. people are being arrested. there are other people that helped mr. chen get to the american embassy. we have to focus on them as well. but the first priority is to get him out of there and to the united states. >> there is a lot of back and forth about the osama bin laden web ad that the obama campaign is running. and it quotes mid rom in 2007 saying, in a quote, it's not worth heaven and earth trying to spend millions of drying trying to catch one person. you and romney were oeptd opponents at the time and you took issue with those comments before obama did. here is an article from politico at that time. it's not worth moving hempb and earth spending billions of dollars just to try to catch one american. it takes a dwee of naivete. and it seems like and you the president agree on this situation, no? >> i think what mitt was saying also f you looked a the entire context of his remains that obama was part of the
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May 20, 2012 8:00am PDT
in the united states. and it would lift this cloud of uncertainty that's causing employers to wonder, what's next? so dealing with our debt and deficit are critically important. >> isn't this actually create more uncertainty over the next several months? >> no, george, the issue is the debt. you know, people aren't clamoring to invest in greece today. and if we don't begin to deal with our debt and our deficit in an honest and serious way, we're not going to have many options. listen, i'm not going to apologize for leading. the real issue here is, will the president lead? >> what makes us like greece is putting the question of whether or not we're going to pay our bills, making that a political question. that's what the economists said. >> george, remember, this is about jobs. if we are really serious about getting the american people back to work, removing the clouds of uncertainty are important. you can look at the end of the year, we're looking at the largest tax increase in america history on january 1st. we're looking at big cuts to our department of defense, that's going to affect ou
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May 19, 2012 6:00am PDT
the united states and china. also a health crisis. the blood test the government now wants all baby boomers to get and where you can get one today. >> closed captioning brought to you by mancini sleepworld. >> right now a blind chinese activist is on his way to the united states, ending a month-long diplomatic tussle that tested u.s. relations with china. 40 hours ago he boarded a united airlines flight in beijing with his wife and children. they are headed to newark, new jersey where they are to arrive this evening. the activist received intense international attention after making a daring escape from a house arrest in his village last month and seeking protection inside the u.s. embassy inside beijing. >> terry: new this morning, quarantines have now been lifted on two central california dairy associated with mad cow disease of a federal officials found no link between the illness and food supplies to dairy cows. they tracked down two offspring. one was stillborn and another was found in another state and euthanized as a precaution. it tested negative for madden cow. today is national he
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May 9, 2012 11:35pm PDT
to live in new york where we actually have same-sex marriage, that the president of the united states has come out and said that you are equal, that you do matter. so it does mean something. >> and "good morning america" will have much more of robin's exclusive conversation with the president in the morning. >>> coming up next, he was once a presidential contender himself and now john edwards is on trial and his former aides are coming clean about the day he lied to "nightline" cameras. thanks for babysitting the kids, brittany. so how much do we owe you? that'll be $973.42. ya know, your rates and fees aren't exactly competitive. who do you think i am, quicken loans? [ spokesman ] when you refinance your mortgage with quicken loans, you'll find that our rates and fees are extremely competitive. because the last thing you want is to spend too much on your mortgage. one more way quicken loans is engineered to amaze. ♪ one more way quicken loans is engineered to amaze. with these new depend real fit briefs,untry and today we are surprising pro football all stars. there's wes, clay and dem
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May 23, 2012 5:00pm PDT
southwest yerp united states and high pressure over pacific. difference between the two is creating winds. there is a cold low pressure system going to drop down and this is going to bring in possibility of hours. -- showers, computer animation, you notice showers and snow into southern california mountains. snow into sierra friday afternoon. you can see it here. and as this low tracks south, we're going to see possibility of hours here in the bay area. and perhaps a couple hundredths of an inch. we'll put in a possibility. so i hope you know where umbrellas are, morning breezy again, temperatures into 50s and upper 0s into santa rosa and napa. 48 in santa cruz. winds not expected to drop off. we'll see breezy conditions. tomorrow afternoon, it's a windy and cooler day for you. fairfield 81 degrees for you today. tomorrow, 75 degrees. 72 santa rosa. there is san francisco, 61. northwestern winds, 20, 30. 57 in half moon bai. peninsula, mid-60s and oakland 67. there is 76 in antioch and san jose, 68 degrees and temperatures lower than where you should be at this time of the year, monterey
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May 17, 2012 4:30am PDT
half of the children born in the united states. 2010 census figures found the minority make-up increased by almost 2% to include over 36% of the total u.s. population. much of that growth was fueled by higher than expect hispanic count. weak economy has slowed immigration rates into the country. >>> members of a watchdog group in washington are calling attention to a medical bill getting fast tracked through congress they say it is shortchanging the safety of patients this involves medical implant devices such as hip replacements, an knowing the use of new devices without testing as long as they resembled devices previously approved even if the originals went through a recall for safety defects. richard carp per had hip -- -- >> got into my muscle and they had to remove 10% of my muscle. they are not going through the approval they take the same chances i took and what happened to me? >> doctors had to replace his metal hip last year when he found out the first hip had not been thoroughly tested. >>> new research shows caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee drinkers can live
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May 28, 2012 4:00pm PDT
there is a traegs beryl continuing to spread rain across the united states. numbers into washington, d.c. 90 and out towards west, 64 degrees in seattle. there are 66 in tahoe. here in the bay area there is temperatures coming up away from the coast. 73 in campbell. and there is along the coastline a breezy, cool forecast. there is 57 in pacifica. there is breezy conditions and clouds lingering in daily city. 56 there. there is into the north bay, it's a little bit warmer. head out towards east bay, breezy and 65 in oakland. there is a mild sunny day there is 58 degrees in monterey. up to 72 inland. so it's just a minor warm up. there is warmer wednesday, thursday. >> dipping down again? >> exactly. >> and still ahead, the coin flip led to the creation of a san francisco-based beauty brand now an international sensation. the women behind benefit. >> with gas prices the they way are, people are thinking about buying a new fuel-efficient car. dealerships aren't your only option. my tips on how to work with a broker coming up next. >> the news at 4:00 continues in just a moment. hmm, it says here that
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May 29, 2012 4:00am PDT
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May 30, 2012 6:00pm PDT
in the united states. there was a documentary on the house this, is a bit of the production. >> some people say there is a curse on this house. it's said there has been murder in this house. outrageous claims about the building. >> there was a murder in the house in 1986. a security guard tacked two young girls, killing one of them n 1990s charles bartlet johnson and his wife, ann bought the house and put $30 million into rono vacations. it's a palace but not the place for a mitt romney fund-raiser says the head of the republican party in san francisco. >> it's a question would i have picked that venue? probably not. >> because? >> because there is that marie antoinette association. >> romney has shown difficulty in connecting with americans of more average income. and was quick to add this zinger about the army of small donors in the obama camp. >> some people don't have jobs three, four times later they're not giving this time around. big money is the only game in town. >> democratic side, state party chair john burton says romney should have made a different statement with his event. >> thes
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May 7, 2012 5:30pm PDT
a plane headed to the united states. our team is standing by with the latest and we begin with abc's chief investigative correspondent, brian ross. >> the cia and other intelligence services had the would-be bomber under surveillance sometime before taking him into custody and seizing the bomb that had been made for him. u.s. and european officials tell abc news the threat is far from over, that there may be other would-be bombers with similar, non-metallic devices that could get through most airport security screenings. as abc news first reported last week, the plot led the u.s. to order scores of air marshals to europe to protect aircraft. flights out of gatwick in britain and elsewhere, received 100% coverage with air marshals on every flight, according to u.s. officials. authorities say the plot was foiled in time so that no flights were ever in danger. >> the u.s. government is saying it never came close because they had insider information. >> u.s. and other intelligence services said al siri, once again, was the mastermind of the plot. authorities tell abc news, the latest bomb was
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May 8, 2012 4:00pm PDT
are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the united states. >> now, the story. michael? >> there is a survey revealing young drivers are scenely aware of using a cell phone while driving. never theless it's not detering them. whether texting or talking teenagers like to stay in touch. a new consumer reports survey shows that many young drivers are ware that this is risky behavior. >> don't you just know it's dangerous? you can't put it down 15 minutes? >> just wait until you get there. >> majority of young drivers surveyed by consumer reports are concerned about distracted driving it appears actions speak louder than words. >> 71% of the young drivers said they've seen their peers texting while driving and saw people their age talking on hand held phone autos consumer reports surveyed 1,000 drivers. >> there say numbers that are lower. and a consumer reports auto test seems taking a course learned firsthand how skills deteriorate when using a cell phone. >> i am not going to use the phone now. >> some good news from the survey peer pressure may be helping curb distracte
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May 8, 2012 5:30pm PDT
of the united states. take a look. in alaska, photographs in the past several days showing a mountain of debris descending on the beaches there. a lot of the items have japanese labels, the debris from a tsunami more than a year ago. all tolled 1.5 million tons of trash are drifting this way about four miles per hour, and it's bigger than the state of california coming our way. clean-up workers are now getting hazmat training to deal with some of the trash. volunteers are also joining up to join the marathon effort to save those beaches. >>> we have hopeful news on the jobs front today. in march u.s. companies posted the highest number of job openings in nearly four years, but we all recognize the economy has a long way to go. we return to abc's david muir and the made in america team who have been looking for solutions, ways to create jobs at home. david? >> this has been about jobs from the very start. we all remember that determined builders posed a challenge to people all over this country. he said use 5% more american when buying materials and we'd create 200,000 jobs right away. congress
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May 11, 2012 5:30pm PDT
have a manufacturer here in the united states. >> reporter: $2.5 million in sales now made in america and now in that aisle, right here at cvs. >> i can't believe it. >> reporter: and there's hanna, who just weeks ago had a brave pitch, too. a young mom, frustrated over the sippy cups that always leave leftover juice at the bottom. >> you don't know how many times my daughter has done this, ask me for more milk simply because the straw was lodged up here and the liquid was resting down at the bottom. >> reporter: enter her invention, the lollacup. with a straw and designed to be good til the last drop. and where is it made? >> safety is really our number one concern. that's why we decided to manufacture the product here in the united states. >> reporter: assembling the cups at home at first, bogging them right in her living room. now selling 1,000 cups a month. >> made in america! >> reporter: along with tiffany and her daughter and ava the elephant. >> made in america! >> reporter: while back in that kitchen tonight on this mother's day weekend, a mother and her daughter and their re
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May 15, 2012 1:05am PDT
the single most popular cosmetic treatment in the united states. >>reporter: botox uses toxin to disable nerves and besides relaxing wrinkle also used to treat conditions ranging from pain to chronic muscle spasms even extreme sweating are bay area company believes it has new device that can accomplish what botox can do but without the toxin. >> this is the hand piece that is reusable. >>reporter: he's vice president of research at redwood city mio science. company has developed a system to freeze nerves. >> i'll place these meelingts ts into this gelatin this simulates soft tissue. >>reporter: he says the needle don't actually inject anything into a patient body. instead filled with a pressure refrig rant that super cool 3 or about 3 or 4 seconds at 45 it will start cooling and you can see the needles are beginning to form ice ball. >>reporter: he says that ice ball visible in the test material freezes the nerve without harming the skin or surrounding tissue. clint is the company ceo. >> we are not killing a nerve. it's a fancy way of saying we use cold, 30 second dose over nerve a
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May 17, 2012 4:00pm PDT
antibiotic to sudden death. >> coming up, united states hits a milestone. the complexion is changing and so are the politics. >> and there is traffic on the skyway. you can see our cameras there bobbing up and down because of the wind. stay with us. abc 7 news at 4:00 continues right after this. >>> checking healthy living news there is another woman diagnosed with an infection from a rare flesh eating bacteria and is being treated in greenville memorial hospital and she was diagnosed just days after giving birth to twins. it is the same bacteria that causes strep throat. experts say it affects everyone differently. and doctors say her case is less serious than that of a georgia student who lost a leg after contracting a different bacteria. >> one of the popular antibiotics on the market may be deadly for certain people. known as x pack. abc 7 news spoke with dr. richard beser who says we should not panic. >> the x -- z pack can feel like a life saver. >> people have an emotional attachment. >> researchers studied 540,000 medicaid patients and found the popular antibiotic can be a killer. t
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May 20, 2012 4:00am PDT
that could happen here in the united states over the next six months. >> that's so fascinating. george stephanopoulos, thank you very much for your insight. do not miss later this morning, george will be on this "this week," speaking exclusively to the house speaker john boehner and nancy pelosi. >>> we turn now to the latest tragedy involving the kennedy family, mary richardson's siblings stayed far away from their funeral as robert f. kennedy jr. and his four children said good-bye. a who's who filling the church, we have more now from abc's taina rivero. >> reporter: gingerly carrying their mother's casket out of church, later feeling in prayer, mary richardson kennedy's children put their beloved mom to rest. kerry kennedy played matchmaker for the couple 16 years ago. >> she was an angel who was brought to us to live with us here on earth. i think god bought her back up to hef >> just three days after her tragic suicide the kennedy clan along with dozens of friends and celebrities crowded into this small church outside of new york city, to remember the loving mother of four, gener
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May 20, 2012 4:00pm PDT
and more over there to our troops and we've also.... in the united states, just the military bases, to be able to sell in there because they like our product and we've been okayed for... all the way to alaska. and we're helping, you know, not only the everyday people but we're helping our troops through it and it's just amazing. this is why i sell the pillow. >> mike, you just have my utmost respect for your commitment to our troops, for your commitment to the american people, for manufacturing here in the united states, and just what you provide for people's overall health. [applalae] >> i would recommend if you're taking medications to fall asleep at night and coffee to keep you awake in the day that you try my pillow and see what a difference it can make in your life. >> my pillow is all i need. i don't need two pillows, uh, and i don't need to constantly tuck it in the back of my neck and shoulders to be comfortable as the night wears on. >> i work in a physical therapy clinic and we see a lot of patients with stiff necks and sore shoulders and just having difficulty sleeping.
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May 21, 2012 4:00pm PDT
and there are protests today. the president used this summit to talk about afghanistan reaffirming united states intent to step down its role. there is is president obama said he's confident forces will be able to take the lead in their security by next year but leaders warning it could be a bumpy transition. there are is a trend in afghan zan. >> forces will take the lead for combat operations next year. >> and. >> there will be a significant presence in afghanistan. leaders declared not a combat role. >> this will not mark the end of the challenges. and our partnership with the country. >> but the confidence was countered by a blunt assessment about the two-year transition. >> we expect combat is going to tin there was a smaller crowd than the protest that turned violent on sunday. today, they took aim at bowing. marching through headquarters. >> yesterday, hundreds tried to push their way crosser to the site. police say one officer was stabbed. >> asking people to put themselves in harm's way knowing they're going to be assaulted and being able to take it? these guys are amazing. >> and u.s. and nat
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May 23, 2012 5:30pm PDT
, as well as the united states' interest. >> reporter: but pakistan says afridi is a traitor, now sentencing him to 33 years behind bars. >> this action is unconscionable. this man is really an international hero. they should be erecting statues to him. >> reporter: ever since that daring night raid last may, pakistani officials have quietly erased any trace that bin laden was ever here. >> just over two months ago, pakistani authorities moved in with bulldozers, demolishing the entire compound. even though there is no physical evidence that osama bin laden once lived here, there are still serious questions that remain. questions like how bin laden could live here undetected for seven years. and why pakistan hasn't arrested a single person who sheltered him. muhammad lila, abc news, kabul. >>> now back here at home, a consumer warning about a product that might be in your home. the small colorful packets of laundry detergent. this one is tide. as you can see, it can look like candy to small children who have been eating them. after we heard about a surge of calls to the poison control center
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May 23, 2012 6:00pm PDT
given this opportunity to meet and greet the president of the united states. >> there are a number of people that want to get attention about the landmark hangar one they want the president to step in to help safe that hangar. >> yes. it's probably unclear if they're able to, if he was able to see the signs. probably doubtful is what i mean to say. they want to safe hangar one, condemned about 10 years ago because it contains some pcbs. it's been stripped to the core. these folks want it restored and turned into a museum. hair hoping the president would agree and urge congress to provide the funds. >> carolyn before you go president is spending a lot of time talking at the foot of the stairs which is not what he did a couple weeks ago. are there members of the general public there? >> he's talking and walking over here now to this crowd waiting for him. as i said about 50-60 people. we tried to find out about some of the people. one family of four told us they had a friend who is in the secret service. and there is he is shaking hands with the first group of folks. i don't know if
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May 24, 2012 5:30pm PDT
of 2012 is churning off the west coast of the united states, near mexico. its name is hurricane bud. at the same time, there are signs tonight that another big storm is building strength off the east coast, florida about to get soaked this holiday weekend. and here's abc's weather editor sam champion. >> reporter: the atlantic hurricane season officially starts june 1st, but tropical storm alberto jumped the gun last week, churning up the waters off south carolina. and now, a tropical disturbance could turn into tropical storm beryl over the weekend. two named atlantic storms haven't happened this early in 104 years. add in hurricane bud on the west coast of mexico and we're seeing something completely new. >> this is the first time in recorded history that we've had a pre-season named storm in both the atlantic and eastern pacific basins. >> reporter: despite all this early activity, noaa today is predicting a nearly normal hurricane season, with 9 to 15 named storms, including as many as eight that could grow into hurricanes. three of those are predicted to be major, with winds ov
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Apr 30, 2012 5:30pm PDT
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May 1, 2012 5:30pm PDT
united states and our allies. >> reporter: earlier president obama and hamid karzai signed a strategic partnership agreement outlining ways the u.s. will remain involved. afterwards the president spoke to u.s. troops. >> there will be heart-break and pain and difficulty ahead. but there's a light on the horizon. because of the sacrifices you've made. >> reporter: this successful mission to take out osama bin laden has emerged as a major obama campaign talking point in recent days, even polls indicate most americans are far more concerned about the state of the economy than they are about national security. >> jake tapper, with the latest on the president tonight. thank you, jake. >>> and there was another surprise today, a welcome one from american manufacturing, strong numbers breathing new life into wall street and your 401(k). stocks soaring for a high and david was there. >> we were all watching today. at one point the dow was at his highest level since 2007. driven by new promise in american factories. the workers on the assemble line are not only kicking the pace up there, but in
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May 1, 2012 6:00pm PDT
. and there is now gaining popularity here in the united states. and they're using this as an opportunity to demonstrate not just in solidarity but for immigrant workers and ranks of migrant farmers to and there is folks with a lot of energy and oakland police are blocking streets as these folks make their way north. >> thank you and also joining on this day of pro test are the parents of students in five schools slated foreclosure, they did not anticipate the crush that would join them. we're live with that part of the story. >> they were rather peaceful and i can tell you not expected here and let me just explain this is supposed to be a rally. parents, teachers and members and of course kids zitd decided to protest on this day like mentioned before. there is a when they wanted to spread the word and rally was to be held at this park. they were told to leave the plaza earlier they decided to come here and after hearing about the confrontations this morning, parents decided it was not safe for kids and many of them left. >> you said this would be a safe march. it's hard when there is a l
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May 3, 2012 5:30pm PDT
the united states, we are in fire prone areas. >> so, they are talking about wildfires. but go back for a minute to that poison plot. any sign it is ongoing? >> reporter: in that same magazine that's just come out, there are references to a justification for using poison, biological and chemical weapons. so, something seems to be cooking, according to u.s. authorities. >> following up on the poison. okay, thank you so much brian. >>> and now, all the eyes of the world are on secretary of state hillary clinton tonight, in beijing, long a champion of human rights. she faces a very tough choice. a blind man, that activist hero who made the daring escape, slipping past chinese guards under cover of night, is now asking her to take him to the united states on her plane. a move that would have dramatic repercussions in china. so, what will she do? here's abc's martha raddatz. martha? >> reporter: diane, the day is just beginning in china, but secretary clinton has said nothing about the crisis since chen guangcheng changed his mind about remaining in china to fight for reform. instead, no
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May 4, 2012 4:00am PDT
. >> reporter: the united states was caught in the middle of the crisis when the blind activist made a daring escape from house arrest and traveled to the u.s. embassy in beijing. when chen refused to leave the embassy, officials did not know his wife had apparently been beaten. >> an interrogator told her clearly if your husband did not walk out of the u.s. embassy, we will kill you. >> reporter: chen has become a symbol of human rights symbol of humans ina. china. his supporters are sporting his dark trademark, dark sunglasses and posting them online. rob and sunny? >> tahman bradley, thanks for that report this morning. >>> we're getting more insight into the mind of osama bin laden from just released letters written by the terror leader himself. they show bin laden was worried about al qaeda's reputation among muslims. and that he remained focused on killing americans until just before his death. with more on this, abc's karen travers. >> reporter: newly released documents show a frustrated terror leader. one that was worried about the future of al qaeda. an analysis of the letters, show
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May 1, 2012 4:00am PDT
parts to get past security. as a result, security has stepped up in the united states, the united kingdom and the middle east. >> nobody wants to be the person who overlooked a clue. that's happened in the past. and we've paid for it. >> reporter: u.s. officials say there's no credible information of an imminent attack. but white house counterterrorism official, john brennan, the the al qaeda in yemen is a significant threat. >> they continue to seek the ability to strike our homeland. >> reporter: one year ago, president obama ordered the killing of osama bin laden. yesterday, he called on americans to remember those who participated in the operation. >> the american people rightly, remember what we, as a country, accomplished. in bringing to justice, somebody who killed over 3,000 of our citizens. >>> u.s. authorities say they made adjustments to airport screenings, such as turning up the radiation used to try to detect body bombs. rob? sunny? >> sobering news. tahman bradley in washington. thanks very much, tahman. >>> bin laden's death is figuring prominently in the presidenti
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May 30, 2012 5:00pm PDT
that account. and there is bank of america does the same. 10 of the largest banks in the united states were surveyed for this study. >> the state assembly approved a bill providing $1 billion in aid for middle class college students. funding has yet to pass. it would cut tuition at cal state campuses by $3700 a year and far family was incomes below $150,000 a year, money coming from changing the formula for taxing out of state companies doing business here, but funding measure hasn't been he debated yet and faces stiff competition from republicans. >> and how big of a tip to you believe your favorite waitor? how about 18,500%? it happened. greg rubar has been a waiter 16 years, saturday, two of his regulars gave him the shock of his life. >> he said we're going to throw something in but not going to tip you for a while. this is for you. and go buy a nice car. >> the couple knew greg lost his car in a storm several weeks ago, wanting to help finishing their $27 lunch and handed him an envelope with 5,000s ndz cash. how nice is that? >> really nice un believable. >> and thank you. >> and let'
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May 6, 2012 7:00am PDT
wants to rubber stamp what the republican congress wants, that he wants to take the united states back to the same policies that created the economic meltdown, and the other one is a character attack, which is that he is out of touch. he's a rich guy who doesn't understand your problems, and they are pushing forward with that. they got some help from mitt romney's republican opponents during the primaries, i should say. >> he has a lot of material for them to feed on there. there were some tart comments from the romney campaign yesterday about the fact that mr. obama's crowds were really not as big as they were back in '08. any push-back on that from the president's campaign? >> reporter: well, first of all, it's true. it's a true charge, that i've been traveling with the president now for five or six years, and i have to say the crowds are smaller. now. that's really no surprise given that the economy economy is still struggling, but the push-back from the obama campaign is even if they're not still meeting the crowds that they had four years ago, their crowds are much bigger than mit
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May 13, 2012 8:00am PDT
they don't believe in gay rights or evolution. >> it's a proud day when the president of the united states says on television gay people shouldn't be only relegated to planning other people's weddings. isn't that right? >> he said his position has been evolving for years. miraculously he saw the light just in time for tonight's big hollywood fund-raiser. what are the odds? what are the odds of that happening? >> george will is off today but we're happy to welcome in today republican strategist mary matalin, along with eliot spitzer, current tv host, politico's maggie haberman, hilary rosen, democratic strategist and ralph reed, founder -- i almost called you the founder of the freedom coalition. >> that's mine -- >> do you have a coalition? >> mary, i was struck in that debate between barney frank and marsha blackburn that neither one wanted to talk about gay marriage all that much even though that's the big news of the week. >> well, it doesn't -- it didn't look like you could get a word in edgewise no matter what you wanted to talk about. i don't think that -- may or may not have been --
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May 28, 2012 4:30am PDT
80s to mid 90s from the east coast into the central united states. severe weather could affect detroit, chicago, st. louis, dallas those would be areas for possibility of delays. use our flight tracker at abc7news.com at the bottom. >>> this morning there are new questions being asked about the structural integrity of the new eastern span of the bay bridge. the sacramento bee is reporting caltrans' records show a builder may have compromised the tower. the builder did not report a section of concrete in the foundation failed to harden before it was tested and that failure meant no examination or repair was done. also, records show two of the piles built to whole the main tower were not tested -- to bill the main tower were not tested properly. >>> two lightning caused fires in the national forest have grown to 122,000 acres. winds are -- lighter winds are helping. fires burned a dozen homes and threatening a privately owned ghost town. homeowners are waiting and worrying. >> really hope that if anything is destroyed by fire that people have a good spirit and they can rebuild. >
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May 28, 2012 5:00pm PDT
of contribute united states saluting american who's gave their lives serving our country. a kc 10 from travis air force base flew over 300 people in the oldest military cemetery on the west coast. >> and i'm lucky. i have felt that i was fully supported. my dad served years ago and returned from his deployment, he had a harder time coming in. >> and in vallejo a moving tribute drew veterans and families to where three honor of medal are buried. >> members were honored at golden gate national cemetery. and there is a 40 years ago, vietnam veterans were being shunned by other communities. and also included a member of the tuskeegee airmen. >> a promise for mechl's vets. >> we'll make sure you and your loved ones received benefits you've earned and respect you deserve. >> words many hope he will deliver on. there is a story of a sug frel -- struggle for services and how the government delivered. >> this 93-year-old was at the meeting last monday with hundreds of other veterans. and this is to help them get their claims. he bought in world war ii, a decorated soldier. this family trend accompanie
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May 28, 2012 11:35pm PDT
and associates has ranked quicken loans "highest in customer satisfaction in the united states." call or go to quickenloans.com to discover for yourself why we're engineered to amaze. to follow the wings.cbcbcbb >>> she is the red hot star of the hit sitcom "modern family" and in tonight's encore, sofia vergara talks with my co-anchor cynthia mcfadden. >> i know that i have an accent, but people understand me just fine. >> reporter: it was a role written just for her. >> i called your secretary and hold her to ord a box of baby jesus. >> reporter: she plays gloria on abc's hit comedy "modern family." we got to spend some time with her backstage at "modern family" and we wondered just how close is he to her character gloria. >> no, it's dirty and it has a spider. >> she's colombian and she has a kid from a previous marriage. she's loud. >> reporter: she has a hot temper. but in real life, she's more than just a hot latin mother that she plays on television. she's a cover girl and a business woman, with her own production company. >> i'm sofia vergara and i'm not afraid to work with what i've
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May 29, 2012 11:00am PDT
that the president wasn't born in the united states. it shows john mccain brushing aside the issue at town hall meetings then asked, why won't mitt romney do the same? as recently as today romney has refused to -- >> many commuters are getting to work using alternate transportation because muni has shutdown two lanes for repairs. the entire n judah and parts of the j church light rail are closed for construction it will continue for the next six days. construction includes replacing mimi tracks. -- replacing muni traction. -- tracks. >>> an inconvenience buses are usually more crowded and they don't stop at the same stops so i have to transfer somewhere in the middle. >> the n judah will resume june 4th. >>> right now traffic is zipping along on the dumbarton bridge. the bridge reopened 3:00 this morning, two hours ahead of schedule after closing friday night for a weekend of seismic retrofit work. caltrans replaced a joint on the menlo park side with a new design that will better absorb shaking from an earthquake. >>> political and cultural icons and a california labor active are among the peo
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May 7, 2012 11:35pm PDT
be in place in the united states, may not be met in other countries. >> reporter: in the end, this latest plot was stopped not by technology, but by good spy work, with an apparent undercover operative inside al qaeda, raising some other questions about today's release of information by the white house. >> well, you have to wonder if this plot was foiled by someone on the inside, whether or not that means that source is blown, and therefore, they no longer have someone on the inside, and would not know about the next plot. >> u.s. officials say the head of operations for al qaeda in yemen was killed over the weekend by a u.s. drone strike. but tonight, the bomb maker, alasiri, is still at large and is believed to be training other bomb makers at how to make other bomb, all aimed at u.s. aircraft. >>> "good morning america" will have all the latest details on this story in the morning. just ahead, did you see "the avengers" this weekend? we'll bring you the big-brand cameos, you might have missed. with progressive mobile. great! tyler here will show you everything. check out our new mobile app.
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May 8, 2012 11:35pm PDT
ranked quicken loans "highest in customer satisfaction in the united states." call or go to quickenloans.com to discover for yourself why we're engineered to amaze. >>> she catapulted to indy rock fame just a short time ago, nominated for best new artist only last year. but florence welsh has already learned to party like a rock star. in january she chipped her tooth and lit her hotel room on fire with kanye west. since then, she said she's stopped drinking on tour, showing a different side when they went on the town. ♪ >> reporter: she performs with an intensity that leaves crowds breathless. here, the dog days are over, the song that rocketed to the top of the u.s. charts last year. ♪ the dog days are over >> reporter: do you ever get used to this? >> it's not usually like this. >> reporter: she's 25 years old and while you may not recognize her name, you will recognize her song, from "grey's anatomy" and gossip girl, and "glee." ♪ >> reporter: she commands the stage, even when it's just a rehearsal like tonight at radio city music hall, singing no light, no life from her ne
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May 9, 2012 11:00am PDT
the al-qaeda terrorist group is still a huge threat to the united states. we are learning more about the covert double agent mission that undercovered a new al-qaeda underwear bomb. >> reporter: fbi director mueller testified before the house judiciary committee today. he says al-qaeda is the top threat. others are weighing in on this new bomb and wait means for the fight against terrorism. the -- the director laid it out. >> al-qaeda affiliates especially al-qaeda in the arabian peninsula represent the top threat to the nation. >> reporter: saying the group is decentralized and committed to high profile attacks against the u.s.. u.s. security officials say others are being trained. the fbi has the original device thanks to a double agent who sources tell abc7 news worked for a nonu.s. intelligence agency >> the bureau exploiting ied improvised explosive device seized overseas similar to the devices used in the past. >> having the bomb in its original state, before it goes off, u.s. experts now are able to figure out how the bomb works. how it might be detected. a heck of a lot easie
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May 13, 2012 4:30pm PDT
supply. >> dan: that means ranking countries that i am post food to the united states and focusing on those with the worse records. >> if they deny the inspection we would deny the entry into the country. >> eric is with the washington, d.c. pew research center. he says strides are being made the fda will need more money to implement everything required in the act. >> we are concerned that fda won't be able to check all those imports, not be able to ensure that domestic factories are regularly inspected. will not be able to issue the new science based standards to protect things like produce and processed foods to make sure they are safe. >> kristen: a unique program is helping women in santa clara county transform their resumes and their lives. it's begin them a future many never thought was even possible. here is karina rusk. >> reporter: this construction training program comes with a couple of twists. it's not just designed for women but women with records, trying to turn their lives aaround. she has spent half of her life locked up. >> i am trying to make choices now and they
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May 15, 2012 11:00pm PDT
1200 chemicals. the united states only 10. >> if they aren't safe for use they shouldn't bea a product. >> you need to update the cosmetic laws and give the fda real authority to oversee this $60 billion industry. >> how far any new regulation should go is a subject of controversy. the campaign for safe cosmetics supports phasing out chemicals that cause cancer and reproductive harm and they want full disclosure of inyield yents -- ingredients and they call it overreaching. >> the difference between europe and here is stunning. >> completely different way of dealing with it. >>> twice in the past week two whales have been entangled in crab pods off the coast. this was first spotted in pacific grove. you can see the netting here in this photo. in the north bay, a rescue team freed this 25-foot gray whale in bodega bay. that whale was spotted last friday and he managed to cut the whale loose. >> working in a restaurant can be bad for your well being. a survey by health.com found such jobs can be thankless and unrewarding as well as physically stressful. other similar bad jobs include sol
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May 16, 2012 1:05am PDT
ginl far mall formaldehyde in s. headaches.ail polish known europe banned 1200 chemicals. the united states only 10. >> if they aren't safe for use o update the to update thect. cosmetic laws and give the fda real authority to oversee this $60 billion industry. >> how far any new regulation should go is a subject of controversy. the campaign for safe cosmetics supports phasinchemica chemicals that cause cancer and reproductive harm and they want full disclosure of inyield yents -- ingredients and they call it overreaching.reaching. >> the difference between europe and here is stunning. >> completely different way of dealing with it. >>> twice in the past week two whales have been entangled in crab pods off the coast. this was first spotted in pacific grove. you can see the netting here in this photo. in the north bay, a rescue team freed this 25-foot gray whale in bodega bay. that whale was spotted last friday and he managed to cut the whale loose. >> working in a restaurant can be bad for your well being. a survey by health.com found such jobs can be thankless and unrewarding as wel
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May 17, 2012 11:00pm PDT
most valuable company in the united states tomorrow. just 8 years old the social networking giant expected to be worth more than 100 billion dollars. making it bigger than disney, ford and mcdonald's. 7 news reporter john alston is at facebook in menlo park where employees are holding an all night hack a thon. >>reporter: if you listen closely you might here a big ka ching. employee work on new project for the company and tomorrow is a big payday. the beer is flowing tonight in silicon valley. facebook share year ago pre-market selling how many did he buy. >> lake to keep that confidential but let's just say i'm buying pitchers tonight. >>reporter: excitement evidence from the nature spots at palo alto where tech employee like to unwind to nearby menlo park where facebook set the initial price of the stock at 38 dollars a share. >> ask me when it hits a hundred. bit might have been high but for a company that has a long-term potential for growth, that's what the market is betting. our better are down. >>reporter: the better are expected to generate nearly 20 billion dolla
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May 18, 2012 5:00pm PDT
antibiotics that are banned in the united states. coming up tonight on world news at 5:30 what the fda is doing about this problem and what you need to look out for next time you buy shrimp. >> one action group called save california is running a media campaign against harvey mic day. >> your boys and girls being targeted for immoral indoctrination at school on harvey mic day. >> save california is urging parents to keep kids home on tuesday. many school districts dedicate some of the day to gay rights pioneer. but safe california says students should not be forced to participate without written consent. it's the second year california held a day honoring harvey mic. -- milk. >> and the fastest growing population in the count story made up of asians and pacific islanders. there is some bay area trailblazers talking about the issues facing this growing community. chef lee talks about food and science. >> there are opportunities as chefs now that chefs from a previous generation didn't have. and it's to interact and work to fine tune things. >> and this sunday at 10:00 a.m. there is a sp
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May 19, 2012 6:00pm PDT
die in the united states every year on a playing field. >> ama: 900 athletes signed up for the free test. 9% of the athletes had abnormal ekgs. >> alan: this weekend you can catch a glimpse of a rare solar eclipse. the ring of fire eclips when the move moves across the sun, block everything but a halo oflight. the prime viewing tomorrow tomorrow is 6:00 30. here in the bay area we'll see a partial eclipse. more like a c rather than a halo. last ring of fire eclipse was not 1994, and make sure you have protective eye wear when viewing. >> ama: don't look at it unless you're wearing this. i don't know how you can see it. i can't see anything. >> alan: they're like little welder glasses but you can get them at any science store. >> leigh: or just take a little pin, stick it through the paper like this, and then put it down, and you can look down on it. don't look directly at the sun. >> ama: look down? >> leigh: on the piece of paper. >> alan: but it's cooler with the glasses. >> ama: you look so cool, leig
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May 20, 2012 4:30pm PDT
600,000 people in the united states have joined car sharing programs and that number is expected to grow. >> it's well established, car sharing is not going anywhere. >> not only are we saving gas. but it's a great time to driving a car and it doesn't get better than that. >> reporter: researchers point out the average car share user say they save $150 to $4250 a month. >> terry: san francisco's new appointing homeless czar is making nau wet houses. they tell us san francisco's wet house proposal is modeled after seattle. >> if you don't mind, i'm going to take a drink. >> anthony been set the alcoholic. >> my ambition is to wake up in the morning and be able to open my refrigerator and have a beer. that is my ambition. i guess that is my future. >> he is no longer homeless. >> one of these days i would like to have me -- >> he lives in seattle's so-called wet houses, where they are allowed to drink under the supervision of addiction counselors. >> you are doing well. >> you got pretty wasted yesterday. >> the alcohol is purchased by using part of the public assistance checks. >>
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